Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Samuel L. Breck Collection

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Samuel L. Breck Collection,
Creator: Breck, Samuel L.,--1928
Inclusive dates: 1912, 1993
Extent: 3 cubic feet (in 6 boxes)
Abstract:
The collection consists mainly of photographic images of railroad related topics, mostly in Michigan, and related subject files.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc#72226

Access Restrictions:

Samuel L. Breck Collection

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Samuel L. Breck Collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is by format, then alphabetical and chronological.


History

Biography:

Samuel “Sam” L. Breck, Jr. was born in 1928, the son of Samuel L. and Margaret H. Breck. In 1930 the family lived in Detroit, Precinct 19. Sam also had a younger brother, David. For over 40 years, Sam Breck was married to his wife, Marion. Together they had two sons, Bob and Bill, and three grandchildren. Sam was a photographer, particularly of trains, locomotives, and depots. During the last years of his life he battled a number of illnesses. Sam died on March 15, 2009 in Minnesota. He was buried from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His wife, Marion, preceded him in death. (This information is from his obituary published in the Ann Arbor News on March 29, 2009.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection consists mainly of film negatives, photographs, some copy prints, and subject files collected and generated by Sam Breck, mostly of railroads, locomotives, depots, towns, historic buildings, both public and private, bridges, freighters or barges, railroad logos, and waterfront scenes in Michigan, but also including Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York (state), Ontario, Canada, and some 1942 images of the mountains and wilderness of Colorado. There are a few images of people, including members of a band, and a downtown art show. The collection is organized by format and topic as much as possible. Several folders of negatives are unidentified and undated. The collection is in good physical condition.

Published materials donated with the collection were separately cataloged.

A photograph collection of Samuel L. Breck, 1960s-1980s, is housed at the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Amtrack--History.
    • Grand Trunk Western Historical Society (Mich.)
    • Bridges--Michigan.
    • Churches--Michigan.
    • Locomotives--Michigan.
    • Railroad stations--Michigan.
    • Railroads--Michigan--History.
    • Railroads--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
    • Railroads--Ontario.
    • Railroads--New York.
    • Railroads--Ohio.
    • Railroads--Indiana.
    • Railroads--Pennsylvania.
    • Ann Arbor (Mich.)--History.
    • Colorado--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Samuel L. Breck Collection [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Copy Prints, Durand, Ann Arbor, Milan Depots, Trains, 1967
    Box   1 F   2
    Film Negatives, Amtrak, 1970-1979
    Box   1 F   3
    Film Negatives, Amtrak, 1970-1985
    Box   1 F   4
    Film Negatives, Amtrak, 1980-1982
    Box   1 F   5
    Film Negatives, (Singles), Ann Arbor Area Railroads, 1967-1982
    Box   1 F   6
    Film Negatives, and Matching Photographs, Amtrak, 1975-1983
    Box   1 F   7
    Film Negatives, Ann Arbor Area Railroads, 1958-1980
    Box   1 F   8
    Film Negatives, Ann Arbor Area Railroads, with Photographs, and Copy Prints, 1967-1976
    Box   1 F   9
    Film Negatives, Ann Arbor Area Railroads, Related, 1987-1991
    Box   1 F   10
    Film Negatives, Bridges, 1983-1991
    Box   2 F   1
    Film Negatives, Colorado, 1942
    Box   2 F   2
    Film Negatives, Depots, Trains, Michigan, 1980-1993
    Box   2 F   3
    Film Negatives, Depots, Trains, not Michigan, undated
    Box   2 F   4
    Film Negatives, Depots, Trains, Unidentified, undated
    Box   2 F   5
    Film Negatives, (Singles) Depots, Trains, Michigan, 1980-1991
    Box   2 F   6
    Film Negatives, (Singles) Depots, Trains, Michigan, Barges and Freighters, 1980-1991
    Box   2 F   7
    Film Negatives, (Singles) Depots, Trains, not Michigan, 1976-1990
    Box   3 F   1
    Film Negatives, Churches, Bridges, Waterfront, Buildings not Railroad, 1977-1988
    Box   3 F   2
    Film Negatives, Churches, Bridges, Waterfront, Buildings not Railroad, 1977-1987, and undated
    Box   3 F   3
    Film Negatives, Churches, Bridges, Waterfront, Buildings not Railroad, People, Events, 1977-1985
    Box   3 F   4
    Film Negatives, Churches, Bridges, Waterfront, Buildings not Railroad, People, Events, 1977-1988
    Box   3 F   5
    Film Negatives, Churches, Bridges, Waterfront, Buildings not Railroad, People, Events, 1980-1989
    Box   4 F   1
    Film Negatives, Michigan Related, undated
    Box   4 F   2
    Film Negatives, and Photographs, Ludington, Petoskey, Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin, 1975
    Box   4 F   3
    Film Negatives, Railroad Depots, Ypsilanti, Michigan, Porter, Indiana, 1974-1989
    Box   4 F   4
    Film Negatives, Railroad Depots, Church, Glen Haven, Leelanau, Empire, Sand Dunes, 1984-1989
    Box   4 F   5
    Film Negatives, Railroad Depots, Michigan, Indiana; Horseshoe Curve, Pennsylvania, 1985-1987
    Box   4 F   6
    Film Negatives, Railroad, not Michigan or unspecified locations, undated
    Box   4 F   7
    Film Negatives, Unidentified (2 folders), undated
    Box   5 F   1
    Film Negatives, Unidentified (4 folders), undated
    Box   5 F   2
    Photographs, Amtrak, Smaller than 8x10 inches, 1970-1979
    Box   5 F   3
    Photographs, Amtrak, 8x10 inches, 1970-1979
    Box   5 F   4
    Photographs, Ann Arbor Area Railroads, 1972-1980
    Box   5 F   5
    Photographs, Ann Arbor Area Railroads Related, 1991, and undated
    Box   6 F   1
    Photographs, Bridges, [1983-1991]
    Box   6 F   2
    Photographs, Churches, 1985, and undated
    Box   6 F   3
    Photographs, Farms, Nature, undated
    Box   6 F   4
    Photographs, Houses, undated
    Box   6 F   5
    Photographs, People, 1985, and undated
    Box   6 F   6
    Photographs, Public Buildings, Stores, Downtowns, Bridges, Fort, 1975, and undated
    Box   6 F   7
    Slides(3), Ann Arbor Area Railroads, 1980
    Box   6 F   8
    Subject Files, Grand Trunk Western Historical Society, Papers (draft), Correspondence, 1991
    Box   6 F   9
    Subject Files, Inventory of Official Michigan Historical Railroad Sites (Markers), 1987
    Box   6 F   10
    Subject Files, Railroad Logos, Side-Car Heralds, Paper, Stickers, undated
    Box   6 F   11
    Subject Files, Railroad Logos, Side-Car Heralds, Film Negatives (2 folders), undated
    Box   6 F   12
    Subject Files, Riggs, Henry E., Articles (copes), 1912, 1992
    Box   6 F   13
    Subject Files, Shay, Ephraim, and Locomotive, Articles (copies), 1978, 1992, and undated